San Diego SAN Airport Overview

San Diego International Airport SAN - also known as 'Lindbergh Field' - serves the City of San Diego in southern California and surrounding areas.  It is the Nation’s busiest single runway airport, however, its reduced runway capacity also limits the number of international flights the Airport can accommodate. Conde Nast Traveler magazine has ranked San Diego Airport as the fifth in the Nation's top airports, and number 1 in the State.

SAN Airport is only a few miles to the center of San Diego, California, and is only 20 miles from the Mexican border. It is conveniently situated on North Harbor Drive, off Interstate Hwy I-5, offering connections to S.R. 163, I-8 and I-15. The area is known for its mild climate, plentiful beaches and world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Sea World.

With a a yearly  estimate of 18 million travelers, San Diego Airport is served by  major airlines and regional jet services, offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. Southwest is its dominant carrier. 

1. (a) United Airlines flight assignments are at T2 - except flights to/from Los Angeles which are currently at T1, gate 4;
    (b) Delta Air Lines and affiliate flights, including to LAX, operate out of Terminal 2 (gates 47-51).
    (c) While US Airways moved in Dec. 2014 from T2 West to T2 East
(d) Virgin America moved in Feb. 2015 from T2 East to T2 West
3. (a) Global Entry technology is now available at SAN, as well as
    (b) APC's (Automatic passport Control kiosks).
4.  It is assumed that the new Cross-Border Terminal and new Customs station at Otay Mesa (scheduled for completion by year-end 2014) have now been completed - even though no official announcement has yet been forthcoming:

    The Cross-Border Terminal  will enable passengers to cross directly from Tijuana Airport in Mexico, via new U.S. Customs & Border Protection station in Otay Mesa (south of  San Diego, on U.S. ground) - by taking the 160-foot pedestrian 'Tijuana Cross Border Bridge' - thereby allowing ticketed passengers to cross the bridge in either directions at a fee.
    The new Customs station at Otay Mesa
is to considerably lower waiting times and to boost cross-border tourism. 

San Diego International Airport  has three passenger terminals – T1, T2, and  the Commuter Terminal.

Present & Future Airport Developments:

1. By January 2016: Ongoing Work on the new Rental Car Center
at the north side of the Airport should be completed - to be served by a single shuttle service, saving time and energy.
2. Starting 2015/16: 
(a) approval was received on building a new 3-level, 3,000 space parking garage with Smart Park technology, enabling parkers to reserve & pay for space prior to departing; and
    (b) replacingTerminal 1 over a multi-year phasing.

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SAN Delays: 15 mins or less.

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